Electrical Systems Technicians (Research Tec 2 / 3) | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Electrical Systems Technicians (Research Tec 2 / 3)

What You Will Do

The Technology Applications Group (A-3) is a multidisciplinary group that uses a broad range of engineering and scientific expertise to support the Groups contributions toward national programs surrounding non-proliferation, counterterrorism and counterproliferation. Among A-3's core technical areas of expertise are development efforts focused on advanced RF systems, electromagnetic effects, electrical and mechanical reverse engineering, mechanical design and evaluation, cyber-physical analysis and guiding lower TRL efforts into functional solutions.

To support these mission goals, A-3 currently has two openings as Electrical Systems Technicians for individuals interested in working in a multidisciplinary group consisting of engineers, scientists, technicians, machinists working to transform concepts and designs into deliverable products to meet Global Security mission deliverables.

We are seeking an Research Technician to assist in the construction, operation and testing of electrical systems.The successful candidate will often work independently and interact with engineers, technicians, machinists, inspectors and customers as part of a team to transform concepts and designs into deliverable products typically needed on short timescales to meet Global Security mission deliverables. Most project work is conducted at the Q and SCI levels.

Research Tec 2 ($49,600 - $76,300)

In this role, you will perform device assembly and testing operations for the A-3 Technology Applications Group. You will be trained to perform several of the following tasks: electrical equipment operation, mechanical assembly, equipment troubleshooting and equipment maintenance. Working with energized and non-energized electrical systems will also be an integral part of your job. You will be responsible for maintaining records, following operating procedures and integrated work documents, writing progress reports and interacting with support organizations. The successful candidate will have general knowledge of mechanical and/ electrical systems.

Research Tec 3 ($59,500 - $93,100)

In addition to the duties and expectations of a Research Tec 2, you will collaborate with team members as required to support the safety/reliability of equipment/systems. The ideal candidate will have a general knowledge of mechanical and/ electrical systems and have knowledge or interest in obtaining at IPC-A610 certification. Also, general knowledge of electronic circuit board development, digitizers, oscilloscopes, network analyzers, microcontrollers, RF technology and hardware and applied use of additive manufacturing technology is viewed favorably.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Mechanical Systems & Tools:

Experience in one or more of the following: mechanical systems, hand tools, instrumentation, measurement tools, electronics, troubleshooting electrical systems, and proper use of Personal Protective Equipment. Demonstrated experience utilizing power tools and equipment.


Ability to work effectively, conscientiously and professionally in a multidisciplinary team environment that exhibits collaborative behavior.

Physical Requirement:

Willingness to perform hands on work in both laboratory and field. Wear and maintain proper PPE, understand and follow procedures.

Demonstrate Timeliness:

The ability to be punctual and operate in a operational deadline operational evironment.


Proven knowledge and implementation of required safety practices for work assignments

Computer Proficiency: Microsoft Office proficiency (Word/Excel/PowerPoint)

Additional Job Requirements for Research Tec 3:

In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:

Problem Solving Skills:

Experience investigating solutions to problems affecting project requirements and recommending alternative approaches.


Test and design, such as reading drawings and schematics. Experience with digital test equipment and data analysis.

Safety & Security:
  • Knowledge and implementation of required safety, security and quality assurance practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with senior personnel to ensure hazards and controls are identified, addressed, and implemented in procedures and operations.


Education/Experience for Research Tec 2: Position requires a High School diploma and a minimum of 3 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Education/Experience for Research Tec 3: Position requires an Associate's Degree and 3 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Desired Qualifications:

Hazard Identification:

Experience contributing hazardous identifications to authorizing work documents, detailed operating procedures or other work planning documents.

Electrical Systems:

Experience working with electrical systems and energized electrical work.

IPC - A-610 Certification for Acceptability of Electronics Assemblies


Active Q/SCI clearance

Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.

COVID Vaccine:

The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory employees, on-site contractors, and on-site subcontractors unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to those working on-site, those teleworking, and all new hires.

Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is one year.
Where You Will Work

Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:

§ PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network

§ Dental and vision insurance

§ Free basic life and disability insurance

§ Paid childbirth and parental leave

§ Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)

§ Learning opportunities and tuition assistance

§ Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)

§ Onsite gyms and wellness programs

§ Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)
Additional Details

Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2. Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.

Clearance: Q/SCI(Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.

*Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to Policy Policy P701 for applicant eligibility requirements.
Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.Employment StatusFull Time